Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour – Day 5
Agency Lake, Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Klamath Lake Wetlands, Annie Creek Canyon, Crater Lake
Day five of our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades bike tour begins with a shuttle south to the tiny town of Chiloquin, home of the Klamath Tribes. We start our ride by heading west into the wetlands of Klamath Lake and Agency Lake, a stopping point for 80% of the migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. Arriving at the shores of Agency Lake, we turn north toward Fort Klamath and join the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. We are in a broad picturesque grassy valley flanked by gorgeous mountains on both sides with the remains of Mt. Mazama (Crater Lake) beckoning us northward as we glide easily through this flat terrain. We stop for lunch near the border of Crater Lake National Park. Climbing begins here, although nothing too strenuous as we follow the amazingly sculpted ash gorge of Annie Creek Canyon up to the park’s south entrance. A final two mile steep push gets us to the rim and our first view of Crater Lake. The view is breathtaking and is one you will never forget. This is the deepest lake in America and the ninth deepest and one of the clearest lakes in the world. A few pedal strokes later, we arrive at our destination, the rustic and magnificent Crater Lake Lodge perched on the crater rim overlooking the lake nearly 2,000 feet below. We enjoy a special dinner at the lodge tonight and celebrate our arrival.